The Hampton Roads area is a hub for veterans and each of their stories represent something different about service in the United States military.
Watch the video below this story — These veterans sat down with WYDaily and shared their stories of service:
- Frank Petrey Sr., a sergeant first class in the Army, served in the Korean War, where he was shot in the stomach and was awarded a Purple Heart. He later worked in supplies during the Vietnam War. Recently, Petrey suffered a stroke and is no longer able to speak. His daughter, Donia “Faye” Shaw, now speaks for him.
- SSgt. Angela Zamiska retired from the Air Force in 2001, but not after serving during the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996. Her time in the Air Force gave her a different perspective on what it means to serve as a woman.
- TSgt. Ashley Williams was a recruiter for the Air Force and spent a portion of her service molding the military members who followed her. Serving in Qatar after 9/11 wasn’t easy but being a single mom while serving proved to be its own unique challenge.